Prosecution opens fraud case against Ullrich

20th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 July 2006, BONN - German prosecutors confirmed Thursday that fraud proceedings have been opened against suspended former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich as well as fellow cyclist Oscar Sevilla and the sporting director of the T-Mobile team, Rudy Pevenage. Ullrich, 32, and other riders have been linked by Spanish authorities to a doping scheme around doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, seemingly based on seized documents, taped telephone conversations and intercepted text messages. He was suspended by his T-Mo

20 July 2006

BONN - German prosecutors confirmed Thursday that fraud proceedings have been opened against suspended former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich as well as fellow cyclist Oscar Sevilla and the sporting director of the T-Mobile team, Rudy Pevenage.

Ullrich, 32, and other riders have been linked by Spanish authorities to a doping scheme around doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, seemingly based on seized documents, taped telephone conversations and intercepted text messages.

He was suspended by his T-Mobile team on the eve of the July 1 start of the 2006 Tour and is now under threat of being kicked out of the team.

The proceedings follow a charge brought by Bielefeld criminology professor Britta Bannenberg on July 7.

"This charge will now be checked from a legal standpoint," said state prosecutor Monika Nostadt-Ziegenberg who believes a decision will be made by next week.

DPA

Subject: German news

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